With plans for a poultry plant near Tonganoxie on hold, more than 20 other communities in Kansas have expressed interest in the project.

With plans for a poultry plant near Tonganoxie on hold, more than 20 other communities in Kansas have expressed interest in the project.

That is according to Heather Lansdowne, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Officials with Tyson Foods announced Sept. 5 plans to build a $320 million facility south of Tonganoxie. But this past week, a company official said those plans are now being put on hold.

The poultry complex would have included a processing plant, hatchery and feed mill. Tyson Foods officials said the facility would have employed about 1,600 people.

From the time of the Sept. 5 announcement, the project faced opposition from area residents who expressed concerns about the possible environmental impact. They also expressed concerns about the plant attracting migrant workers and how that may impact the community.

On Monday, the Leavenworth County Commission voted 2-1 to rescind an earlier resolution that had expressed support for using industrial revenue bonds for the Tyson Foods project.

The following day, Tyson Foods released an open letter to the Leavenworth County community from Doug Ramsey, the company’s group president for poultry.

Ramsey announced that plans for the Leavenworth County facility were being put on hold. The letter indicated Tyson Foods officials will prioritize other locations in Kansas and other states where support for the project has been expressed.

Ramsey’s letter was released two weeks after company officials publicly announced plans for the Tonganoxie plant.

Tyson Foods already operates six other facilities in Kansas.

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